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March 2013


Bangkok or Bust

There’s been so much going on with ‘plans’ and I’ve gone too far inside my future head.
Taking a step back here’s what we have decided:
We don’t want to move to Europe or Latin America.  Our sights have been set on Asia 100% and that’s where we want to channel all of our energy.
Receiving a blessing from the monks in 2004
So, Chicken is interviewing for

jobs in the region (Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok).  A LOT of feelers/connections, etc have been put out and we will have to see where this all leads.

IF the expat/work abroad gig all comes together in the next 6 months, then we move.
IF it doesn’t, we go with the original plan of traveling with the kids.  The sabbatical will be 6 months-one year.  Not sure how much they will give us and we haven’t pushed it….yet.  Of course, I want one year!
Either way, in six months we will be GOING!
The official countdown has begun.
I am positively giddy with the excitement the future is going to bring.

In my room, Nong Khai.  Thailand 2004
Plus, there’s one more HUGE decision we’ve made.  The NYC apartment will be gone.  We’ll not try to sublet it or hold onto it.  We will go and be free.  Whatever we decide after re-entry, is a mystery.
Perhaps we’ll stay abroad or find a place on the beach or…who knows.
But, we are GOING!!

My scooter, loaded up from a shopping trip.

Paris or Berlin?

In a strange sudden twist, there’s more on the table for our possible expat life.
For the past year I’ve only been focused on Asia.  Nothing else was on the radar.
I might as well have declared “Asia or Bust” because it was only going to be Asia.
And then….you start putting things out in the universe and she not only answers–she yells.
In the past month we’ve gone from traveling for 6 months – one year to:

Living in:

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Latin America (Mexico City, Buenos Aires or Santiago)
  • Paris
  • Berlin
And if you are curious I’ve listed them in order of personal preference.  This is important because of regardless of our focus on Asia, the EU gig has
the most potential to pan out.
It’s all happened very quickly and IF Chicken were hired on for this project we could be out of NYC by May.  That’s 2-3 months.
So, of course the first thing I did today (OK, after making a latte and the boys breakfast and giving them forbidden objects to keep them sufficiently involved in their play so I could do my work) was start cleaning out file drawers.  I mean, either way, we’re going somewhere.
Could be 2 or 3 months or 7 months, but by late September/early October we are out of here.
For 2 years if we do the expat thing, a year if it’s sabbatical.
Might as well start cleaning it all out now.

The initial round of ‘talk’s with Hong Kong start today.  I hope it goes well and it leads to the position.  But if not, then we keep going.
I can get excited for just about anywhere.  It’s all just one great big adventure and I’m ready!

Best of all is talking about it to the boys and daily one of them will ask me “Show me where we are going.”  We have a lot of maps posted and atlases that we pour over and talk about.
Wherever we end up, it’s going to be amazing.